Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the 10 national finalists in the 8 annual Samsung Solve for TomorrowContest (opens in new tab), a nationwide competition that challenges students in grades 6-12 to creatively use STEAM skills to address real-world issues and inspire change in their local communities. The 10 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest will receive a minimum of $50,000 in Samsung technology for their school and a trip to the final pitch event in New York City.
This year, students have chosen to focus on issues commonly found in their local communities that also represent nationally relevant needs. The themes of kindness and empathy, health and safety, and environmental solutions led the winning ideas for the finalists, includingan app-based outdoor home fire extinguishing sprinkler system to contain wildfires and a device that allows first responders to safely collect hazardous needles left behind by opioid and other drug users. These student inventions show how STEAM learning can take a simple idea to the next level, empowering students to reach a new potential and make a difference.
Next, the national finalists will compete before a panel of judges in New York City and three national winners will be named, each receiving a $150,000* Samsung technology grant for their school.